Over the last three days the rain has been profusely falling in Monrovia and other places in Liberia. The rain cannot be judged guilty because that is in line with the calling of nature. During the months of July, August and September of each year, the rain takes charge and would fall abundantly thus limiting the movement of people from one place to the other in search of daily bread. This is exactly the situation in Monrovia and other places including towns, villages and cities around the country. The rain seem to care less who is hungry or not in the process. The rain believes that like the ants, men had gathered their food during the dry season.
The essence of the dry season is for all creatures including men who naturally exercise superiority over all others to gather more food, store them for consumption whenever the rain comes.
However, unlike the ants, men are often carried away by pleasure and other social engagements during dry season and would therefore consciously ignore the wisdom of gathering more food. Like the ants which foresee the temptation and frustration associated with the rainy season including hunger and would therefore pre-collect more food, men are often consumed by mere pleasure thereby making themselves vulnerable to hunger when the rain begins to fall. It shows that by nature men are their own problems than being the crafters of solutions. Men often disobey the calling of wisdom; instead they elect to be carried away by the frequencies of trivial matters that usually create sorrow for them. Men seem to love leading the path to stupidity than wisdom thereby narrowing their own growth and development. Men seem not to be making full use of the five senses awarded them by God; instead they love to create danger and sufferings onto themselves by being disobedient and unreasonably argumentative. Men do not see the rain over the shoulder of the sun, like do the ants and who would take preventive measure. They beat drums and sing songs while the sun shines forgetting to know that when the rain takes its turn, it is occasioned by hunger. Men don’t foresee difficulty beyond the shoulder of opportunity; thus they often abuse opportunity and provoke social vices upon themselves. Men do not take preventive measure; they love to react in the wake of perils and other social vices that are detrimental to co-existence. Men do not see signs of what could possibly happen. They go along blindly and ignorantly breaking laws, tradition, and passing judgments that are harmful to their own survival. Men are naturally rich but choose to remain in the state of poverty. This habit is typically the habit of the people of my country, Liberia. My country is rich but its people are traditionally poor. They are poor because between and among them there is little love and more hatred; there are a privileged few leading the nation in the wrong direction; there is an established culture of nepotism and tribalism that often contaminate its political system; there is corruption with its firm foundation in the hearts of its leaders; there is an established culture of impunity that has and continues to weaken the justice system, etc.
Indeed, all elements that are required to make national life juicy are here except that they are abused. By abuse I mean wealth is not equally distributed; nationalistic spirit is lacking, realistic vision to develop young generation is yet to be established. In Liberia there are more arm chair politicians whose strength depends on rhetoric and praise singing. Singing praises has become the way of life in Liberia because it is by which one often gets drawn closer to the power that be. As a result of this established culture the once progressives and so-called advocates of social justice have turned out to be praise singers for piece of bread. The progressives are now in control of power in the country but by their actions and deeds, it seems their strength is limited to mere criticisms. The progressives, most of them economists and lawyers, love to ride expensive cars, make unnecessary trips abroad using the tax payers’ money even though the country remains enveloped in poverty, no roads, no food, no good airport, no electricity, no jobs, etc.
One can then safely calculate that Liberia and its people are yet far away from where they are going. The fact is that those who are expected to effect the needed change are themselves not changed. Hence, the nation remains fluctuating and spiraling without true definition as far as human resource development is concerned. Change cannot come about in the wake of greed and selfishness summed up by lack of nationalistic vision. Change cannot when vast majority of the people who work in government are alien in the way they think and act politically. Most of them had faded and therefore outdated. I as write and as it rains I wish the people of my land would copy the examples of the ants which are naturally unified, loving, reasonable and cautious in the way they do things. I wish we could copy from the examples of the ants which know how to distribute proportionally void of greed and selfishness. I wish we could learn to be one another’s keeper that the ants would do. In the absence of the application of the wisdom of the ants, we stand to be denied of the true fragrance of social life especially so when oil has been discovered in the country. I foresee the oil wealth being a curse than blessing in the wake of the established greed, selfishness, hatred, lawlessness, little or no national vision, etc.